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This multiple award-winning luxury lodge consists of ten cottages that artfully incorporate natural features and blend into the rocky landscape, standing where George Adamson’s camp once stood.

Made famous by George and Joy’s autobiographical account and the film ‘Born Free’, Elsa's Kopje is set on a hillside, overlooking the extensive plains of Meru National Park.

One of the most elegant lodges in Africa, accommodation consists of six en suite cottages, most with a private deck, plus a family cottage with two bedrooms, a large private deck and outdoor bath. There are also three luxury honeymoon suites which offer views of the savannah and Mount Kenya. For those seeking exclusivity and privacy, the two bedroomed Elsa’s Private House is set apart and has its own private garden and infinity pool.

Facilities at the lodge include an infinity pool and bar, and a dining area; dinner is almost always taken outside, with candlelit tables laid out under the stars. There are plenty of wildlife activities to keep everyone busy - day and night game drives, bush breakfasts, guided walks, visits to the nearby rhino sanctuary or perhaps enjoy a leisurely picnic on the Tana River.

Key info

This accommodation is located in:

Meru National Park

The vast, remote, lowland area of Meru National Park was the setting for Joy Adamson’s book ‘Born Free’, and it boasts greater diversity of wildlife species than some other Kenyan parks, in particular its birdlife. Highlights include both Grevy’s and common zebra, gerenuk, lion, leopard and wild dog.

  • Where: Eastern Province
  • Ideal for viewing: beisa oryx, gerenuk, Grévy’s zebra, lesser kudu, Somali ostrich
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris, Birdwatching